Only Gale provides a comprehensive collection for the study of youth culture in the 19th century
An extensive collection of amateur publications that were written, edited, and published primarily by young people, aged 12-20, during the second half of the 19th century, this one-of-a-kind archive features tens of thousands of issues, and includes editorials, original short fiction, essays, poetry, and more. It provides an abundance of resources for researchers looking to make connections with the era, and provides compelling insights into the ways teens and young adults viewed their hometowns, their country, and the world around them in the 19th century.
Explore the often-overlooked perspective of young people
Amateur Newspapers from the American Antiquarian Society is an indispensable digital archive that offers students and researchers a thorough analysis of amateur newspapers and periodicals from the 19th century. Comprising more than 3,000 titles, from every state except Alaska and Hawaii, as well as issues from fifteen foreign countries, this digital collection is the
largest and most extensive in the United States.
Discover Exclusive Content
There is currently no other product in the market that offers material on this subject matter all in one digital archive. Amateur Newspapers from the American Antiquarian Society contains tens of thousands of issues, with publications that range from two to as many as fifty or more pages.
Unearth Significant Viewpoints
Amateur newspapers provide meaningful insights into a populace not represented by large printers and publications of the time. This collection is extensive in its depth and breadth, giving researchers a wealth of reliable content.
Gain a Deeper Perspective
Though many amateur publications from the period were short-lived, they provide a broader understanding of the 19th century as a whole, and allow researchers to compare the political and social issues facing young adults of the time with those confronting society today.
Optimized for Digital Scholarship
This collection will be available for more in-depth analysis through the Digital Scholar Lab—a research experience that removes key barriers of entry into digital scholarship and enables researchers of all levels to quickly build corpora of analysis-ready, text-data sourced from Gale’s unrivaled digital collection of primary source material.
“Amateur Newspaper from the American Antiquarian Society offers a broad collection written and published largely by nineteenth-century U.S. youth, providing unique insight to their culture. This collection will round out any journalism or social-science collection.”
- Jennifer Adams
- African-American Studies
- Creative Writing
- Humanities & Social Sciences
- Regional History
- Science & Technology
- U.S. History
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